

Kinematic
Graphing Quiz
(20002001)
1. If an object is moving in the positive direction and
slowing down, then its velocity is ____________ and its
acceleration is ____________.
a. positive, positive

b. positive, negative

c. negative, negative

d. negative, positive

e. positive, zero

f. negative, zero

2. The motions of five objects  A, B, C, D, and
E  are represented by lines on a velocitytime
graph. Write the letter(s) for any object which has
a positive (and nonzero) velocity. If there is
more than one answer, then list all that apply.


3. Consider this positiontime graph. Various
time intervals are depicted by a letter. During
which time interval(s) is the object accelerating?
List all that apply.


4. The motions of five objects  A, B, C, D, and
E  are represented by lines on a velocitytime
graph. Write the letter(s) for any object which is
speeding up. List all that apply.


5. On the graphs below, draw two lines/curves to
represent the given verbal descriptions; clearly label the
lines/curves as A or B. Be sure to read axes before
sketching the lines.
A Moving at constant speed

B Accelerating


A Speeding up

B Slowing down


A Moving in + direction

B Moving in  direction


A Moving at constant speed

B At rest


A Moving with + velocity

B Moving with  velocity


A Moving with + accel'n

B Moving with  accel'n


ave. speed = distance/time

ve vel. = displacement/time

ave. accel'n = change
velocity/time

6. Use the velocitytime graphs below to determine the
acceleration of the object.
PSYW
PSYW:

PSYW:

7. Use the velocitytime graphs below to determine the
displacement of the object.
PSYW
PSYW:

PSYW:

8. Rex Things drops his mother's glass
vase from their 26th story apartment.
Velocitytime data for the falling vase
are shown in the data table at the near
right.

a. Determine the acceleration value of
the vase. PSYW
b. Sketch an oil drop representation of
the motion in the space at the far
right.
c. Sketch the general shape of the
postime and the veltime graphs
(below).


Time (s)

0.0

0.5

1.0

1.5

2.0

2.5

3.0

3.5

4.0


Velocity
(m/s)

0.0

5.0

10.0

15.0

20.0

25.0

30.0

35.0

40.0




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